Take a deep dive into the evolution stories behind some of the most surprising creatures from the sea with award-winning author and illustrator, Sami Bayly.
Come with us on a deep dive through the ocean zones. Meet some of the most unusual creatures from the sea and hear their stories about how they have changed over millions of years to survive in the inky ocean depths.
Discover why the deepsea flounder is as flat as a pancake, learn all about the 500-million-year-old comb jelly and find out why yeti crabs are so hairy. From the barreleye fish to the tripod spiderfish, prepare to be amazed by the incredible creatures that inhabit our seas.
From the award-winning creator of The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals and The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Peculiar Pairs in Nature.
How We Came to Be: Surprising Sea Creatures is a wondrous book that will appeal to curious kids, adults and anyone who enjoys learning more about our incredible planet ... [Sami's] passion for weird and wonderful wildlife is simply infectious. BETTER READING
'Cleverly presented and strikingly illustrated . . . This fabulous book has a place in all libraries and would also be a wonderful gift for children of all ages' READPLUS
This information book with spectacular illustrations of ugly animals will inform, entertain and promote discussion. - Sunday Telegraph on THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF UGLY ANIMALS
This is a fascinating book, illustrated in exquisite detail by award-winning author and illustrator, Sami Bayly. - Child Mags on THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF DANGEROUS ANIMALS
A great book to read with children and learn more about how plant and animal species rely on each other. - The Sydney Morning Herald on THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF PECULIAR PAIRS
This awesome book is full of surprising facts about peculiar pairs in nature, helping each other, or at least helping themselves. - Kookie Magazine on THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF PECULIAR PAIRS
Sami Bayly is a natural history illustrator based in Newcastle, NSW, who loves all things weird and wonderful. She finds the beauty and importance of all animals regardless of their appearance, and hopes to share her appreciation with others.
Sami's first book, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals, won the Children's Indie Book of the Year Award and the Australian Book Design Award for Younger Readers. It was a CBCA Honour Book and was shortlisted for an ABIA Book of the Year for Younger Children and longlisted for the ABA Booksellers' Choice 2020 Book of the Year Awards. Her second book, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals, was a CBCA Honour Book, an ABIA Book of the Year for Younger Children, won an Australian Book Design Award for Younger Readers and was shortlisted for the Children's Indie Book of the Year 2020. The final book in the series, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Peculiar Pairs, was shortlisted for the CBCA Eve Pownall Award and longlisted for Children's Indie Book of the Year Award. Sami's most recent book is How We Came to Be: Surprising Sea Creatures.
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